Wasting no time after the release of his debut album, Chinchilla, in March 2018, Littlehawk's new single ‘Say It Twice’ is released today, just in time to be part of your summer playlist. The single’s release sees Littlehawk gearing up for a string of shows over summer.
Around The Sound spoke to Littlehawk’s singer and song writer, Gavin Arnold.
Having been what he terms a ‘floptomist’ during his uni and post-uni years, Littlehawk front man and song writer-in-chief, Gavin Arnold continues to be spurred on by his fear of failure.
Littlehawk’s new single, ‘Say It Twice’ reflects on navigating early adulthood – the excitement, the emotion, and the realisation that things aren't always as easy as you expect they’ll be. Now, having found a career outside of music, love and become a father, you’d be forgiven for wondering what else Arnold feels he has left to achieve. Why is he still living in fear of being a flop?
“I’d love to be able to be a full-time muso. I’ve always been right into music, right from my earliest days and when I was at uni as well. In the beginning, it was either music or design and art, and I suppose it goes back to not being so proactive with music. It’s really only in the last year that I’ve been quite proactive with my own music. It’s really given me the motivation to try to do a lot more with it and producing the album, Chinchilla, earlier this year was a really big step for me. In the past I’d played with a lot of local bands and really enjoyed it and had some great opportunities. But in the back of my mind was always something that I wanted to continue on with, which is writing my own music.”
Lives are full of turning points, events that have a lot to say about the paths people will take. Arnold’s came unexpectedly.
“The kick along was when I found out my partner was pregnant. It was around that time that I was wanting to do more music and get it out there. When I found out we were having a baby, it really gave me a kick along, but also it was quite inspiring creatively, as well.”
“I did also have a sense that time might be running out for my music career. I’ve got a lot of friends who’ve had kids and, obviously, it’s a joyous experience, but it does take up a lot of your time. I thought this was a last chance to try to progress my own music, but since then I’ve realised that there’s still a lot of opportunities for me. It’s not the start of a new life, life continues, obviously, and it’s bringing benefits.”
It’s fair to say that, after the initial period of blind terror, Arnold has slipped into an idyll where having a child is spurring him on creatively. The last few months have seen Arnold record four new songs, including current single, ‘Say It Twice’, which was recorded and engineered by Matt Gio at Rada Studios. Arnold is now writing more music for a new album that he’s hoping to release around the middle of 2019.
“The next album has a little bit more of an electronic sound. Similar to Chinchilla, it does have a variety of songs and sounds, but piano and keyboards come through a bit more on the next album.”
Speaking to Arnold, there’s a strong sense of him being content with where things stand in his life right now. Family is good, work is good and his music is beginning to take him in a direction that seems like a natural extension of all the other parts of who he is.
The music reflects where he’s at. Arnold can look back on his former self in a song like ‘Say It Twice’ and see the funny side of youth’s blind optimism. There’s no regret, just a playful poke at his younger self in the music and words, and a sense of Arnold’s growing power and maturity as an artist.
It’s going to be very interesting watching where Arnold and Littlehawk go next.
- The 6 Dec 2018 - Full band launch with Simone & Girlfunkle and The Vulpines [SOLD OUT], Four5Nine, North Perth
- Sun 9 Dec 2018 - Solo supporting Toby & Carus, The Aardvark, Fremantle
- Sun 20 Jan 2019 - Solo, Peel Estate Winery
- Thu 31 Jan 2019 - Full band launch [supports TBC], Mojos Bar, Fremantle